Composting Saves Money, Enriches Soil

Each year, nearly 4 million tons of yard trimmings in the form of leaves, grass, tree limbs, weeds and other organic debris are thrown away in Texas. That amounts to almost 20 percent of all trash in municipal landfills. View more.

Defeat Pests

How to Defeat the Pests in the Garden ... Naturally 

Insects are an important part of our urban landscapes. They eat plants, prey on other insects, help pollinate flowers, decompose plant matter and even help spread seeds. What would a garden be without buzzing bees, fluttering butterflies, and rainbows of caterpillars, dragonflies, beetles and bugs? According to Texas AgriLife, less than one percent are considered pests an any time in their lives.

  • The first line of defense in organic gardening is prevention. Choose plants that are well suited for our climate so they will be robust. If a plant and its growing environment are healthy, pest and disease problems will be minimal.
  • Make sure to build up the health of your soil using organic matter such as compost.
  • The first step to indoor pest control is to make sure your house is clean and dry. Wash dishes daily; keep ripe fruit in the refrigerator; sweep and vacuum regularly; take out the garbage frequently; and don’t let water stand in the bathroom or kitchen.
  • If you must use a pesticide, use the least toxic available.
  • For other tips about natural pest control, visit the National Resources Defense Council at
native plants 

Native Texas Plants 

Using plants that are native or adapted to the Irving area promotes a beautiful yard year-round while conserving water. Native plants require less water, an important detail in North Texas, where droughts are a reality.

Find helpful information about native plants by using Irving's A Guide to Using Native Texas Plants, available at all recreation centers. View more.


Trees Beautify Urban Environments

Selecting the right trees for your landscape is possibly the most important decision you can make for the long-term quality of your yard. Planting the right tree in the wrong place or planting the wrong tree in the right place can have dire consequences for years to come. Choosing the right tree for the right place includes: choose a planting location, allowing generous room for growth, evaluating planting area conditions and selecting a tree that will flourish in your chosen planting spot. View more.
yard care

Yard Care

Every year nearly 4 million tons of yard trimmings in the form of leaves, grass, tree limbs, weeds and other organic debris end up in Texas landfills. That’s about 20 percent of all trash in municipal landfills, resulting in a cost to Texans of approximately $250 million per year. View more.